Its not the first time either. We sure are a well hated group
Here's a link to the article....and...he's talking about me specifically. I'm THAT girl.http://www.nelsonstar.com/opinion/18510 ... obile=true
I have written a response. Hopefully the newspaper will print it. Folks can comment directly on Mr. Hertz's article too after you read it but please if you do keep it intelligent and factual and don't mention knowing me, speak for all vegans!...he's a hot headed guy and he'll throw mud. He called me all kinds of 4 letter words in our original conversation.
WHY I LOVE BEING VEGAN!
It was with great interest that I sat back in my recliner with a plate of lettuce and peanuts (and a rice cake for dessert!) to read chef Jamie Hertz's article on "vegan vs meat diets". (Dec 27th)
I'm that girl that he mentioned...and an interesting conversation we did have!
While my scrawny weak emaciated hands try to fold up the newspaper I wonder to myself what stereotypical vegan attributes readers of his article might assume of me and my diet?
Perhaps I should introduce myself? Deborah Nasmyth. Lifelong Nelsonite. 20 years carnivore, 8 years vegetarian, 5 years vegan now. I'm currently studying via Cornell University toward a certificate in plant based nutrition. I'm a competitive bodybuilder and I accept all chin up and arm wrestling challenges at the gym. I'm far from scrawny or unhealthy!
It's ironic that Mr. Hertz's article came out the same week Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine featured me as a fitness model, and the international veganbodybuilding.com website gave me a featured profile, as well as placing my...uh... derriere (in shorts!) on their main website banner.
Mr. Hertz asked me why I am vegan. I answered the question honestly. Its unfortunate Mr. Hertz took personal offence. I understood the conversation to be objective. I made some criticisms about the way North Americans think about food. Warranted, I think, by our skyrocketing obesity, heart disease, and cancer rates and increasing publicity about animal cruelty in the meat and dairy industries. (Did anyone see CTV's special on the Manitoba pig farm last month?) Mr. Hertz indicated in his article that this is a very touchy topic for him, he displayed strong emotion in our conversation, and perhaps his emotion caused him to read too far between the lines and assume there was some sort of personal attack and that he was "dumb".
I am vegan because, personally, I don't think a few minutes of pleasure on my taste buds is worth the mortal suffering of another creature. I feel it's selfish. No animals need to suffer or die for me to look and feel great! Usually people can easily accept that they and I have different opinions without getting hurt feelings or needing to publicize it. For most people the statement makes them think about what's in their own heart and question their own food choices.
Mr. Hertz made a vegan diet sound bland in his article. What I actually had for dinner tonight was chipotle lime chicken strips (vegan by Gardien, very authentic, and high in protein), an avocado, mustard, and cheese (dairy free) in a whole wheat wrap and it was absolutely delicious! Judges on the Food Network channel would have commented on the use of textures and seasoning and delighted in how the mustard elevated the avocado. I might follow up with some coconut milk ice cream for dessert. My taste buds don’t actually suffer at all.
Perhaps Mr. Hertz has an outdated idea of what a vegan diet really is? I welcome him (or anyone else interested) to join me for lunch anytime to continue the discussion.
Nelson's vegan muscle girl,